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Director, Maintenance & Utilities

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Applicants must submit a cover letter and an updated resume that clearly states how they meet the posted qualifications.

Screening of applications will commence on June 14, 2023.

Position Details

Posting Summary

Position Title Director, Maintenance & Utilities
Faculty/Department Facilities Management
Unit Facilities Mgt - Maintenance Admin
Employee Group Out of Scope
Collective Agreement Consideration Open to the Public.
CUPE 5791 Job Family N/A
Category Staff
Number of Vacancies 1
Position Summary
Reporting to the Associate Vice-President (AVP) Facilities Management, the Director of Maintenance & Utilities provides strategic leadership to Facilities Management in the operation, maintenance and life cycle management of building systems, equipment, utilities and infrastructure (with a current replacement value of $1.4 billion dollars) in a safe, effective and energy efficient manner. The Director is responsible for the procurement of utilities and the provision of heating, cooling and air quality management with maximum reliability and minimized utility consumption.
The Director is accountable for establishing strong, collaborative relationships with clients, partners and stakeholders to achieve a positive and productive physical environment for students, faculty, staff and visitors. The role of the Maintenance & Utilities Department is to create a safe, attractive, accessible and comfortable campus that delivers excellent first impressions, instils pride within the University community, provides efficient and effective maintenance services, provides efficient and reliable utility services, and meets the diverse service needs of students, staff and community users. This position serves as the Director of the Facilities Management Operations Centre during emergency situations.

The Director will be accountable for the following areas:

1) Strategic leadership and support in optimizing people, asset life cycle, and productivity tools
  • Works collaboratively with Facilities Management leaders and managers as well as internal/external subject matter experts to identify potential asset renewal, facilities upgrade and efficiency initiatives that will provide measured and sustainable improvements.
  • Oversee Facility Condition Assessment programs, and collaborate with the Director – Planning, Design and Construction in development of the Preventative Maintenance and Renewal, and 10 Year Capital Plans.

2) Human Resource Management
  • The Director is responsible for overseeing the work of the 65 CUPE employees of the Department and for providing direct supervision to the Out of Scope Chief Engineer and the following management staff: Manager, Electrical Services; Manager, Mechanical Services; Manager, Structural Services; and Energy Manager.
  • Fully accountable for the efficient operation of the unit through recruitment, orientation, training, and evaluation of staff while adhering to collective agreements and applying best practices in relation to the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.

3) Policy Development and Compliance
  • In collaboration with other Directors within FM, develops, implements, and monitors Facilities Management policies, procedures, work instructions, and standards. The Director is responsible to ensure compliancy with Legislative, Regulatory, Tax, and Legal requirements as well as security, privacy, and confidentiality of customer information

4) Planning and Budget
  • Establish and monitor both an annual and strategic long term (3 – 5 year) Operating Plan and Budget for the Department that is designed to achieve the Department’s outcomes, the strategic priorities and goals of FM and the University’s Strategic Plan.
  • Approve major expenditures included in the approved annual budget (operating and capital), monitor financial statements, explain variances, and set goals and objectives regarding resources necessary to achieve the priorities and goals of Facilities Management and the Department.

5) Maintenance & Utility Services
  • Oversee the efficient operation of the First Class High Pressure Steam Central Heating and Cooling Plant
  • Responsible for the negotiation, management and procurement of all University utilities (water, electricity, and natural gas) for both University campuses as well as utility agreements/services for Innovation Place, Luther and Campion Colleges, and Conexus.
  • Oversee the identification of and provide support to the implementation of energy conservation initiatives and projects designed to reduce utility costs, minimize the University’s impact on the environment and contribute to sustainable operations of the University.
  • Ensure the effective operation for the following units: Mechanical, Electrical, Structural, Roads and Grounds, and the Facilities Management Operations Centre.
Position Requirements
Education and Experience:
  • A University Degree in Engineering or Architecture; postgraduate degree in either Engineering, Architecture, Business or Administration is desirable.
  • 10 years’ experience in a facilities-related senior management position.
  • Certified Energy Manager or equivalent is an asset.
  • Lean Leader Certification or equivalent credential in Organizational Innovation is an asset.
  • Facility Management (APPA) CEFP certification and experience in Facilities Management is an asset.
  • Equivalent level of education and experience will be considered.
Leadership and Change Management Key Competencies:
  • Superior leadership, management, administrative, and organizational skills, and an in-depth understanding of the principles and practices of planning, financial management, business analysis, budget preparation, human resource management, and negotiating
  • Excellent interpersonal skills characterized by effective verbal and written communication, active listening, and the ability to build and maintain strong relationships
  • Demonstrated experience in effectively introducing organizational change
  • Ability to coach and mentor others towards increased performance and a sense of meaningful contribution to organizational, departmental, and unit goals
  • Ability to build a strong team and foster commitment, respect, and trust within that team
  • A commitment to client-focused service that influences others to provide high quality of service in a flexible and responsive manner
  • Proven ability to think strategically
Management Key Competencies:
  • Working knowledge of building, fire, plumbing and electrical codes, construction and energy conservation and management
  • Experience in managing in a unionized environment, and knowledge of trades, apprenticeships and power engineering.
  • Familiar with contemporary approaches to energy utilization, conservation management and sustainability
  • Knowledge of facility associations such as APPA, IFMA, ASHRAE, IDEA and others, and the resources that they provide
  • Demonstrated leadership of a strong safety culture and how to ensure that safe work practices are consistently applied in the workplace
  • Demonstrated knowledge, ability, and skill to appropriately hire, manage, support, discipline, and dismiss staff
  • Demonstrated knowledge of district heating and cooling systems and ability to set strategic direction for system renewal.
  • Proven problem solving and independent innovative decision-making skills and abilities
  • Proven customer service orientation skills
  • Proven ability to work independently as well as with committees and teams
  • Ability to use a variety of basic computer software programs; knowledge and understanding of facilities specific computer software programs (FCI, asset management, Excel, etc.)
Physical Demands
Pay Grade OOS 10
Salary Range $120,073 - $180,109 Annually
Status Permanent
Work Hours
8:00 am to 4:30 pm
Duration (if Term/Temporary)
Full-Time/Part-Time Full Time
Preference Posting
Target Posting Not Targeted
Additional Information

Contact Information
Job Open Date 05/24/2023
Job Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Application Instructions
Applicants must submit a cover letter and an updated resume that clearly states how they meet the posted qualifications.

Screening of applications will commence on June 14, 2023.
Diversity Statement
The University of Regina is committed to an inclusive workplace that reflects the richness of the community that we serve. The University welcomes applications from all qualified individuals, including individuals within the University’s employment equity categories of women, persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, Indigenous persons, individuals of diverse gender and sexual orientation and all groups protected by the Human Rights Code.
Competition Number 20230507A/S

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